Déjà Bowie: Is History Destined To Repeat Itself In Portland?

November 18th, 2010 by Mike Salvatore Leave a reply »
In case you haven’t heard the news yet, Greg Oden is scheduled to have another micro fracture surgery, thus ending his 2010 season before it even began.

Oden has played in 82 games since he was drafted number 1 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.

The parallels between Oden and Sam Bowie, another highly touted Portland draft pick, are unavoidable.

As many of you know, Sam Bowie was taken #2 overall in the 1984 NBA draft—one spot ahead of future Hall of Famer and arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan.

Hindsight is 20/20, and of course it is easy to criticize the Blazers for not taking Jordan, but at the time the Bowie pick made a lot of sense.

Bowie was chosen as the heir apparent to another oft injured big man, Bill Walton.

Bowie would have a very successful rookie campaign, playing in over 75 games and averaging almost a double-double en route to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.

Unfortunately for Bowie and the Blazers, that would be his most successful run with the team. The injuries that had plagued him throughout college would begin to take ...

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